Star Wars: Episode VIII And Other Blockbusters In Danger of Additional Delays
Star Wars fans erupted in disappointment upon hearing the news that the follow-up to the juggernaut movie “The Force Awakens” would be delayed from May 2017 to December 2017. Now, the movie is facing the possibilities of being delayed again due to labor issues.
Lighting technicians are furious after failing to receive a pay rise for four years and have threatened to quit, which would delay nine major productions currently shooting in the UK. After talks broke down between the lighting technicians’ union representatives at Bectu and the employers’ body Pact, producers from the nine films affected stepped in and scheduled a last ditch meeting to halt an exodus.
The US producers met with Bectu at Warner Bros Studios Leavesden, Herts, where they offered a pay increase of between five and eight and-a-half per cent depending on the technicians’ different grades and responsibilities. Negotiations between Bectu and Pact broke down last week after the producers’ trade body offered a pay rise of 2 per cent. They had wanted 20 per cent to cover four years of back-dated pay.
Bectu will take the offer to its members, who will vote electronically on whether to accept the terms. Should they reject the deal the productions will be forced to shut down from the weekend.
Superhero film Wonder Woman will also be affected, as will The Foreigner with Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan, and Universal’s reboot of The Mummy, with Tom Cruise.